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Classic Comics: Batman Hush, Volume 1

Writer: Jeph Loeb; Pencils: Jim Lee; Inks: Scott Williams; Letters: Richard Starkings; Colors: Alex Sinclair;

After years of hearing about this classic tale I was finally able read HUSH courtesy of my local library. Yeah, folks, there are comics at the library. Go check them out.

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So Batman: Hush, Volume 1 was released in 2003 by DC Comics and tells the tale of a mysterious new villain in Batman’s life who has a close link to his past. 

“Fear is an excellent motivator.”

The overarching theme of Hush is Batman as the World’s Greatest Detective. All these mysterious events are happening in Bruce’s life, and Batman’s life as well. There are a lot of secrets and intrigue as to who the person is pulling these strings in the background. For example, the ransom Croc is paid is stolen by Catwoman who is under the influence of Poison Ivy. And Poison Ivy is splitting her “earnings” 50/50 with a mysterious benefactor. Who is it? We don’t know yet but it’s a masked man in a trench coat with some wrappings around his face.

During the aforementioned scene of Catwoman stealing Killer Croc’s case of cash, Batman pursues and his batrope is cut. Then later Bats is driving the Batmobile and his front tire is blown out. All these incidents keep happening and they are all just too convenient. 

After Bruce’s fall he is in bad shape. He communicates to Alfred through morse code and tells him to get a hold of Dr. Thomas Elliot, a childhood friend from wayback before Bruce’s parents were murdered. Nobody has heard of this friend, aside from Alfred. They were very close but like a lot of childhood friends they grew apart over time. But just like old friends they are able to pick up where they left off. They keep running into each other, even during a recon trip Bruce organized between Batman and Catwoman. 

During said trip, Bruce pops by the Daily Planet so this peaks Clark’s interest. The Bat and the Cat are there on the trail of Poison Ivy. The women engage in a pretty intense fight. Then Batman gets his own intense fight…against Superman. With Batman v. Superman on the horizon, this was a very welcome scene. (Yes I know the movie is taking from Dark Knight Returns but c’mon, who doesn’t like to see Batman vs. Superman on paper). Bruce knocks sense into Superman with a jolt as Catwoman holds Lois hostage way up high in a building. We end after the epic fight between Batman and Superman and their picking up the rubble and assessing what just happened. 

“I only told her that you care about the people who work at the Daily Planet. She had three choices. Lois. Jimmy Olsen. Or even Perry White. Catwoman picked Lois.”

Hush has some iconic scenes throughout and you are sure to have seen them online if you’ve ever searched “Batman.” Jim Lee’s pencils are iconic, especially this scene:  

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The writing from Loeb is weaving a complicated tale and I’m very glad that I am experiencing it all at once instead of monthly which would have driven me nuts having to wait for each subsequent issue. I’m half way through this classic tale, and I’m looking forward to finishing this must-read.